Administrative Fellowship Program

Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship

Become a future leader with Atrium Health, now part of Advocate Health 

In 2022, Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health came together to do more, be better and go faster to help more people live well. Together, we can deliver the best healthcare outcomes and make care more accessible and affordable for all. Under one enterprise, Advocate Health, we aim to train the best healthcare leaders through the Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship.

The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship is comprised of four market brands - Atrium Health, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care. It is a one-year, post-graduate, project-based program that selects fellows each year and is designed to provide the fellow with broad knowledge of healthcare operations and strategic planning. Under the guidance of their preceptor, fellows gain substantial experience and exposure to diverse divisions, departments, and cross-functional teams throughout the organization.

Specifically, fellows will each lead projects that advances Advocate Health’s commitment; is anchored in our strategic priorities and impacts the continuum of health and care. Ample opportunities will be available for fellows to lead and be active participants in other projects and initiatives as determined. In addition, fellows will be supported by a network of leaders and former fellows and encouraged to pursue their interests in operations, strategy, finance, quality, human resources, business development and/or other areas of health care.

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Program History

Collectively, Advocate Health and its delivery care brands, Aurora Health Care, Advocate Health Care, Atrium Health and Atrium Wake Forest Baptist have participated in offering administrative fellowships for over 40 years. The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship is focused on health system operations. Anchored with executive leadership and exposure to large-scale market operations, the fellowship provides a robust experience of challenging work in critical areas across Advocate Health that will support growth and development of the fellows as they begin a career in healthcare leadership and administration.

About Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is a nationally recognized, regional academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist's two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem – that includes Brenner Children's Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research. In October 2020, Wake Forest Baptist including Wake Forest School of Medicine, officially partnered with Charlotte-based Atrium Health to serve as the academic core of the combined enterprise and is now known as Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. 

Administrative Fellowship Program Benefits

The Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship Program is a structured framework that allows for flexibility based on a fellow’s interest. Key objectives are to match project-based work that advances our mission and vision with the fellow’s interests to provide for a mutually beneficial relationship. These qualities include but are not limited to:

  • Strong commitment from executive leadership and preceptor
  • Lead a large regional project that advances enterprise strategy and/or improves health system operations
  • Availability of additional enterprise and local project opportunities to advance growth and development
  • Provide experiential learning opportunities that will contribute to the professional growth and organization performance
  • Regular meetings with operational and clinical executive leadership
  • Formal learning and development workshops and classes
  • Attending executive leadership meetings
  • Making formal presentations
  • Networking with enterprise executives
  • Attending external conferences
  • Strong desire to retain former fellows for full-time employment post-program


  • Current and former fellows are invited to attend a variety of formal and informal networking activities throughout the year
  • Often coordinated by current and past fellows, our events offer an opportunity to share career advice, build long-term relationships and discuss ideas to maximize the program experience


Advocate Health fellows are paid an annual salary competitive with other administrative fellowship programs around the country. Fellows receive the full benefits package available to teammates as well as relocation assistance for those out of the area.

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Advocate Health Fellowship Locations

Administrative Fellows will be assigned to a designated Advocate Health location in one of the following regions.

Midwest Locations (Five Fellowships)
Greater Milwaukee, WI

  • West Allis, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI

Chicagoland, IL

  • Barrington, IL
  • Park Ridge, IL
  • Chicago (South), IL

Southeast Locations (Six Fellowships)

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Macon, GA
  • Winston-Salem, NC (Wake Forest Baptist)

Join one of our informational webinars 


Tuesday, June 24
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST

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Wednesday, July 10
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. CST
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST

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Tuesday, July 16
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. EST

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Wednesday, August 7
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. CST
9 a.m. – 10 a.m. EST

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Monday, August 12
11 a.m. – noon CST
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. EST

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For more information, or questions, please contact the current fellows at

Administrative Fellowship Program - Q&A with our Leaders

Hear from Kevin High, MD, MS, and Cathleen A. Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, as they discuss the benefits of our Administrative Fellowship Program. 

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Application Requirements and Process

 Requirements to Apply:

  • Applicants must be a recent graduate within one year prior to the start of the fellowship (June 9, 2025)
  • Eligible applicants are graduates from a Master’s-level program in healthcare administration, business administration or public health from a nationally accredited program and institution of higher learning

Important Dates

  • April 15, 2024: Applications will be live on the ACHE and Advocate Health career sites
  • September 9, 2024: Application Deadline
  • End of September 2024: Video Interviews
  • Early October 2024: On-site/Final Interviews
  • Early/Mid-October 2024: Offers Extended
  • June 9, 2025: Program Start Date

Next Steps

To be considered, you must complete a candidate profile and upload the following documents into the career posting for each respective regional location you are interested in no later than September 9, 2024.

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (1 page, single-spaced): Share professional goals and interests in pursuing the Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship Program. Include responses to the questions below.
    • How do you see yourself contributing to advancing our enterprise mission to improve health, elevate hope, and advance healing – for all?
    • Review our Advocate Health Administrative Fellowship Mission, Vision, and Values (see above) Briefly describe one experience that demonstrates at least one of these values: development, culture, exploration, and innovation.
    • What are your career aspirations (1, 5, 10 years)?
  • Letters of Recommendation: Professional and Academic


  • Must be addressed to the Administrative Fellowship Selection Committee
    • *If the individual(s) providing the recommendation(s) does not wish for the applicant to submit a letter on their behalf, they may send the letter separately by email with the subject line “Recommendation Letter_Applicant’s Full Name: xxx

Transcripts: Official undergraduate and unofficial graduate transcripts

Program Contact Information

Midwest Fellowship

Advocate Health Care (Illinois) & Aurora Health Care (Wisconsin)

Application questions for the Midwest Region? Send an email with the subject line: “Application – Full Name: xxx”

Southeast Fellowship

Atrium Health (Greater Charlotte, NC) & Atrium Health Navicent (Macon, GA)

Application questions for the Southeast Region: Greater Charlotte & Macon? Send an email with the subject line: “Application – Full Name: xxx”

Southeast Fellowship

Atrium Wake Forest Baptist (Winston-Salem, NC)

Application questions for the Southeast Region: Wake Forest Baptist? Send an email with the subject line: “Application – Full Name: xxx”

Additional Fellowship Opportunities within the Advocate Health Network

To access the Advocate Health Fellowship Program’s website, click here.

To access the Atrium Health Fellowships Program’s website, click here.

Hear What Previous Fellows Have to Say

Health Administrative Fellowship Frequently Asked Questions